Readers, let's be honest. As bad as the modern world can sometimes seem, all one has to do is take a peek back in time to realize that we've come a long way as a culture.
Gone are the days when the "little lady" would stitch herself up a special Valentine's Day duster (pictured up top) to surprise her other half, who would most likely surprise her with a toaster or other chrome-plated kitchen appliance. (My mother herself experienced this in the Fifties and she wasn't happy about it.)
Speaking of the bad old days, last night I watched the cloyingly false, yet undeniably watchable nun-athon, 1966's The Singing Nun starring Debbie Reynolds (Did Charles Schultz dream up that ad copy?). Worst. Nun. Movie. EVER.
That said, if you like the song Domenique, you might enjoy The Singing Nun. The fact that the real singing nun, Jeanine Deckers, upon whose life the film was (very loosely) based, later left the convent, came out as a lesbian, and killed herself in a bizarre double suicide love pact, needn't spoil the joys of watching Agnes Moorhead, sans Endora makeup, as Debbie's sour sidekick.
But let's get back to Valentine's Day sewing. Friends, it should come as no surprise to you that I strongly resent holidays like Valentine's Day, Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, and the like, when we're supposed to march in lockstep to the Hallmark Card aisle of our local Rite Aid drugstore and robotically purchase an overpriced greeting card which we're to dutifully sign, seal in an envelope, and hand to our loved one on February 14th, perhaps along with a cheap box of Whitman's chocolates.
Thankfully, as sewers, we have so many other options!
I don't quite understand why a woman would want a Valentine's Day apron, since, let's face it, she'd have to make it for herself. I suppose it might be a sexy surprise if she showed up wearing nothing but the apron, but I don't think that was the original intention. Or was it?
If an apron feels too retrograde, perhaps a Valentine's Day vest (upper left corner, below) might fit the bill?
Of course, little girls love Valentine's Day, at least according to the pattern companies. What's cuter than a two year old decked out in hearts, ribbon, and lace? Sadly, she doesn't come dipped in chocolate with creamy caramel centers.
If you wish, you can spend the next two weeks making Valentine's Day decorations, to fill your house with the spirit of the season. A heart wreath!
A heart quilt!
Heart-shaped jewelry cases!
A...um...what is this, exactly?
Readers, in closing, will you be sewing something special for Valentine's Day? Have you ever given -- or received -- a homemade Valentine's Day gift? If so, was it appreciated?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!